Islam came to
By the sixteenth century of the Gregorian calendar, many of them were already speaking the local languages, and gradually they were absorbed into the mainstream Polish society, with the result that many of them started to ignore their religion. In fact, many also embraced Christianity, intermarried with Christian Polish women, and their offspring, naturally, became Christians.
However, those who stuck to their religion, Islam, formed an organization called the Federation of Polish Muslims, in 1917. But when World War I came to end, the borders of
When the Communist regime took over the reigns of power in the country, it not only confiscated their mosques and properties, but also sent many of them to
Today, what remains of those Tatars who immigrated to
Their mosques are usually visited only during the ‘Eed Festivities, and sometimes used as cultural meeting places.
However, Islamic activity began anew with the arrival of Muslim students in
Currently, the total number of Muslims in
In view of their numerical inferiority, the Muslims of Poland do not have any economic or political influence in the affairs of the country. Among their problems is the lack of Islamic activities, plus the fact that the Polish people know little or nothing about Islam. Even the mosques are few and far apart.
As for the lack of Islamic activities, this is mainly due to the lack of resources, while the contact between the Polish Muslims and Islamic organizations in other parts of the world is negligible. Even the few who are involved in Islamic activities, they are not full time in it, and devote only part of their time for Islamic work.
As if that was not enough, the Polish people, in general, have a very dim view of Islam and Muslims, mainly due to the anti-Islam propaganda that has been feeding their minds. At the same time there are no Islamic books that are written in the local languages that would give them at least an adequate understanding about this religion. Even the few books on Islam that are available in the market have been written by non-Muslims.
One organization that is busying itself with Islamic work in
Other Islamic organizations that are active in the field is the Muslim Students Association of Poland, and one or two others. There are also a number of Islamic schools in such places as Pjalstuka and its environs.
The Muslim students association has published about 21 books in Polish.
As for translations of the Holy Quran and Hadeeth (Prophetic traditions), there is a partial translation that was rendered into Polish by one of the Tatar scholars in
As for the Hadeeth, there is a translation of “The Forty Hadeeth of An-Nawawy” that was done by the Muslim Students Association.
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